Does the United States Have a Gun Problem or a Terrorism Problem?

Why Americans are getting stuck in the rhetorical mud about true threats to national security.


In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, the panel raises questions about how the U.S. government handles its own national security and the growing imbalance between real threats and perceived ones. Is gun control the real problem? Or has the U.S. government been too lax in its monitoring of terrorist activity? And can the American people trust that the U.S. Congress has its priorities in place when it comes to keeping them safe?

In this episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Lara Jakes examine the hype around national security threats and the way we define terrorism — and whether it makes a difference if it happens inside or outside the United States.

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at New America and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter: @brooks_rosa.

Lara Jakes is the deputy managing editor for FP news. Follow her on Twitter: @larajakesFP.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and was formerly a foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter: @KoriSchake.

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf.

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